Event Overview

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM — Committees Meetings

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM — Agency Update CLE Program

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM — Reception

Thursday, January 18, 2024

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM — CLE Program | Gramercy, Second Floor

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM — Luncheon – Mastro’s Steakhouse, 1285 6th Ave

2024: A Legal Odyssey

Program highlights include: federal wetlands regulation in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Sackett decision; renewable energy update including developments in offshore wind transmission in New York, and the impact of DEC’s regulations under the CLCPA; the impact of artificial intelligence on legal practice.

Environmental & Energy Law Section Chair
Yvonne E. Hennessey, Esq., Barclay Damon LLP, Albany, NY

Program Co-Chairs
Steven C. Russo, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, New York, NY
Amy K. Kendall, Esq., Knauf Shaw LLP, Rochester, NY

Luncheon Location: Mastro’s Steakhouse, 1285 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019.
The Luncheon Keynote speaker is Paul Simon, Regional Counsel, United State Environmental Protection Agency

General Registration Fee

Required for in-person attendees.

NYSBA Members$220


$120 Program Registration Fee

$0 Agency Update with purchase of general registration (registration required)

$75 Section Luncheon

$50 Section Reception

Note: If you are attending a meal event only, the general registration fee does not apply.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

4.0 MCLE Credits
1.0 Ethics, 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice

This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those
newly admitted.

8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Yvonne E. Hennessey, Esq. | Section Chair Partner, Barclay Damon LLP Albany, NY

Steven C. Russo, Esq. | Program Co-Chair Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig New York, NY

Amy K. Kendall, Esq. | Program Co-Chair Partner, Knauf Shaw LLP Rochester, NY

8:35 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

New York Renewables Siting and Development: Where Do We Go From Here?

Steven C. Russo, Esq. | Shareholder and Co-Chair of Environmental Practice Greenberg Traurig New York, NY

Justin Gundlach, Esq. | Senior Advisor for Policy Implementation New York State Department of Public Service New York, NY

Peter Costello, Esq. | General Counsel, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Albany, NY

Amanda Lefton | Vice President of Development, US East RWE Offshore Holdings Albany, NY

1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

9:25 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

New York’s Energy Conversion: Do Local Land Use Rules Help or Hurt?

Nick Hockens, Esq. | Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig New York, NY

Susan E. Amron, Esq. | General Counsel, NYC Department of City Planning New York, NY

Dwight Kanyuck, Esq. | Partner, Knauf Shaw LLP Rochester, NY

1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

10:30 a.m.– 10:40 a.m.


10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wading Into Wetlands Regulation After Sackett

Amy K. Kendall, Esq. | Partner, Knauf Shaw LLP Rochester, NY

Christopher Saporita, Esq. | Assistant Regional Counsel United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 New York, NY

Barbara Beall, PWS, LEED AP | Sr. Wetland Scientist LaBella Associates Glens Falls, NY

1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Using AI Effectively and Ethically: A Primer for Environmental and Energy Attorneys

Nicole Black, Esq. | Senior Director, SME and External Education MyCase Rochester, NY

Carolyn Elefant, Esq. | Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant PLLC Bethesda, MD

1.0 Credit in Ethics
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Bond Schoeneck and King

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Hodgson Russ

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Barclay Damon LLP

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